Hike to Cougar Divide near Mount Baker is part of Roadless Recreation Week

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A weekend hike to Cougar Divide near Mount Baker is part of the first Roadless Recreation Week, which highlights the important roles roadless areas in national forests play in providing for recreation, clean water, healthy fish and wildlife habitat.

The Saturday, Aug. 14, local outing is being organized by Mount Baker Wild, a group that has led hikers on popular outings to beautiful places that have not been protected as parkland or wilderness, such as Church Mountain. Their other outings include Skyline Divide and Cougar Divide, where the top sections enter wilderness but parts of the trails leading up to them, including the first 2.5 miles on the way to Skyline, are not protected as wilderness…

The hike is among the 50 recreation activities this week in roadless areas in Washington and 12 other states, according to the Washington Wilderness Coalition.